One has to start at some point… Pinhey Point…
This was my third outing on the River this season and the first overnight afloat. Click on the picture to see a few pics from the “adventure”:
The cove at Pinhey is some 7 nautical miles west of the Nepean Sailing Club. I used to anchor overnight there with Vándor, the Alberg 22 I sailed from 2000 to 2007. I have had Sassy Gaffer since 2010 (hauled her brand new all the way from Clearwater, FL) but have sailed her mainly in Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and do not recall she having been in Pinhey Point before. Getting there, on June 25, she was facing 15-kt head winds, hence the “crossing” was made mainly on the engine. The outboard is a 4 HP Tohatsu that insists on stalling every 15-20 minutes. However on this trip I kept a close eye on it and may have discovered the problem: a faulty tank. I have every reason the believe that air is being sucked inside the fuel line from the joint between the intermediate part that connects the fuel line to the outlet connector in the tank (see attached picture). I have tentatively “sealed” that joint with electric tape, which seems to have solved the problem.
Air entering in this way would accumulate inside the bulb until the valve would cease to work properly thus causing the motor to stall.
Another novelty was the fact that I managed to install in Sassy the old “Force 10” Propane BBQ that I used in Vándor. It still works and was instrumental towards the nice dinner afloat…
The next morning I was able to extend the 10-meter telescopic mast in Sassy’s stern and as VE3DTI and using the KX3 at 5W and a 20m end-fed dipole antenna I managed a few CW contacts while afloat at FN25ak:
This way of operating radio can hardly be considered “Marine Mobile” (i.e., the only radio-amateur operation from the water that can be identified with a special suffix: “/MM”). The way I operate from Sassy is best described as “portable afloat” and I wish there was a suffix that could readily identify it as such: perhaps “/POW” for “portable on water” or “/PAF” for “portable afloat”?
In the afternoon the wind turned to the NE and the entire leg back was done in a couple of hours in one single port tack between running and a broad reach.
Here are some pics of the “adventure”: